FISHING REPORT

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comJune 14, 2014 

LAKES

American: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is stocking 20 lakes with 10,000 triploid rainbow trout for Father’s Day weekend, and no South Sound lake is getting more of those fish than American – around 1,500.

Kokanee fishing already is hot, and the perch also are biting.

Clear: Recently stocked with 250 rainbows.

Hicks: The Father’s Day weekend stocking effort means 250 new rainbows.

Horseshoe: This Clark County lake has been stocked with 250 trout.

Mason: Recently stocked with 500 triploid rainbows.

Vance Creek: Pond No. 2 in Elma recently was stocked with 100 rainbows.

Spanaway: Plenty of fish to catch, with anglers regularly hitting their limits on rainbows and browns, Bud Herlitzka of the Spanaway Lake Boat House said earlier this week.

Tanwax: Rainbow RV Resort hosts its annual fishing derby at 6 a.m. Saturday. It has been stocked with 150 rainbows. PowerBait is working well for anglers, although pressure has been light lately.

Stevens: Reports indicate the kokanee fishing remains good.

Chelan: Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service says tour fishing is heating up, and in the lower basin so is kokanee fishing. “June is normally the time where the bar will kick out some nice … fish,” Jones said. He recommends Worden’s Lures T4 Flatfish or a Silver Horde Needlefish squid rigged with Mack’s Lure Smile Blade.

Omak: “Blisterin’ hot for Lahontan cutthroat,” Jones said. He suggests using glow green Kingfisher Lite spoons.

Potholes: Bass and walleye fishing are improving as the water level drops in the reservoir. For walleye, the MarDon Resort staff recommends trolling worm harnesses with crawlers on the edge of the mud bottom channels near weed lines. Some anglers are catching (and releasing) 40 fish in a trip. Spinner baits are good for bass fishing.

SALT WATER

South Sound: The Point Defiance Boathouse Marina staff reports fishing in the area is slow. The tides are most favorable for fishing in early morning or late evening.

North Sound: Not particularly hot, but one angler recently caught a 17-pound king salmon off the Edmonds pier.

Ilwaco: Last week, anglers averaged a little more than one hatchery chinook for every two rods, according to the WDFW. Starting Saturday, any chinook can be retained.

La Push: Last week, Ocean Area 3 (Queets River and Cape Alava) produced six marked chinook for 46 anglers.

Neah Bay: In Ocean Area 4 (Cape Alava to the U.S. Canada border), 265 anglers caught 95 marked chinook last week.

Westport: Since the May 31 opener for the area between Leadbetter Point and the Queets River (Ocean Area 2), 1,142 anglers have caught 288 marked chinook.

RIVERS

Columbia: Shad fishing is at its peak. “It’s really a matter of how many fish do you want to catch,” Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood said earlier this week.

The WDFW reports that from June 1-8, anglers made 14,400 trips and caught 2,222 spring chinook (987 kept), 835 summer steelhead (653 kept) and 34 sockeye (all released).

Cowlitz: The section between Mill Creek south to the posted markers opens Monday.

Skykomish: Steelhead fishing has been good all month.

Klickitat: The lower river is still producing spring chinook.

Wind: Light effort, but some anglers are catching spring chinook on the upper river.

craig.hill@thenewstribune.com @AdventureGuys

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